Rick Pluta

Whitmer to announce budget plans

Sep 30, 2019
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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign budget bills Monday and avert a partial shutdown of state government at midnight. 

But Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta says it’s not “game over” for the governor’s request for more money to fix roads.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The slow roll toward a partial state government shutdown continues in Lansing.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leaders aren’t talking.  And both sides say the other side is at fault.

Republicans say they won’t vote for the governor’s proposed gas tax increase. They say they will start sending her budget bills this week with or without a deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he’s ready to negotiate until the last moment, but it’s up to Governor Whitmer to call the meeting.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state of Michigan has officially notified 48,000 public employees they could be soon be laid off. 

That’s if there’s no budget deal between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature within two weeks.

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports Whitmer and GOP leaders are at an impasse over road funding, and that’s holding up adoption of the new state budget. The Michigan Constitution says the state cannot legally spend money unless the Legislature adopts a budget.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders say they’re confident they can reach a budget deal without risking a shutdown. 

Whitmer, a Democrat, backed down on a demand for a fuel tax increase to raise new revenue for roads. That’s after she accused Republicans of steering the state toward a government shutdown without a budget deal. 

Senator Jim Stamas is the Republican budget chair. He says that threat stalled negotiations, but the Legislature’s GOP majorities were ready to send budget bills to Whitmer with or without a deal.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered a temporary ban on flavored e-cigarettes in Michigan.  

Michigan appears to be the only state to have this sort of rule. The order forbids retail and online sales of e-cigarettes with candy flavors in Michigan, and marketing vaping devices as a safe alternative to smoking.

Doctor Joneigh Khaldun is Michigan’s Public Health Executive. She says the availability of flavored vaping products is a public health emergency.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The school year is about to begin in Michigan without contracts between many districts and teachers. 

That’s because the state Legislature has not adopted a K-12 schools budget to let school boards and teachers unions know how much money they’ll have to work with.

David Crim with the Michigan Education Assocation says more than 130 districts represented by the teachers’ union don’t have contracts.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are asking a federal judge to toss a challenge the state’s new redistricting law. 

The amendment to create a new redistricting commission was adopted last year by voters. The amendment says former elected officials, party activists, and their relatives are not eligible to serve.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The embattled director of the Michigan Civil Rights Department has taken a leave of absence. 

That’s after Agustin Arbulu resisted calls for him to resign amid findings of misconduct and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission refused to fire him.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is among those who’ve said it’s time for Arbulu to step down. But Whitmer can’t fire the civil rights chief. Under the state constitution, only the Michigan Civil Rights Commission can hire or fire the director.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants answers regarding a controversy at the state Department of Civil Rights.

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta says that’s after department director Agustin Arbulu was disciplined for misconduct.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s official monthly jobless rate was unchanged last month (June) at 4.2 percent.

The numbers come from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. And those numbers show the number of unemployed people went up last month. But that was largely offset by how many people joined or rejoined the workforce with the hope of finding a job.

Employment in the manufacturing sector bumped up slightly as factory workers were recalled from layoffs. The leisure-and-hospitality sector showed the biggest jobs gains from this time last year.

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